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Spring Break Bingo Contest Winner

It was once said by my favorite author, Paulo Coelho, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” Ever since I was a child I wanted to explore this world to see what’s out there. Luckily, thanks to StudentUniverse, I won a life-changing free spring break trip from the Spring Break Bingo Contest!  Read More

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How to Survive Europe’s Music Festivals 2017

You’re young, it’s summer, what’s better than camping at music festivals with unique atmospheres and great music?! Attending a festival is a great way to unwind, listen to your favorite musicians, dance all night and even make new friends in a new corner of the world.  Read More

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A Foodie’s Guide to Paris

We all think of Paris as a bustling and romantic city of twinkling lights, magnificent historical architecture, and baked goods to die for. And it is. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, and walks along the Seine are all wonders to behold, but what about the Paris food spots that no one talks about? We did a little digging and found some fun and charming low-key spots from cafes to night clubs that won’t be bursting with tourists. Here are a few of our fav hush-hush little gems. Don’t tell anyone we told you.

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How To See Paris in a Day

Thinking of stopping over in Paris for a day as part of a European exploration or backpacking adventure? Maybe you’re studying nearby in France and are thinking of making a day trip to Paris? While it is impossible to cover all of Paris in one day, this post will help guide you through the highlights in a city best known as “The City of Love” or the “The City of Lights.” Read More

7 Reasons Why France is a Great Place to Study Abroad

Eiffel Tower at NightFrance is well known for its culture, history, great food, and being home to many world renowned museums. But did you know that it is also a really great place for studying abroad with great programs for a multitude of majors? Let’s take a look at 7 reasons why France is great country for studying abroad. Read More

Twenty in Paris: A Checklist for Your First Week Abroad

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No trip would be complete without a checklist and studying abroad is no exception. Your first week abroad is a great time to cross many things off your study abroad check list before the start of classes. Let’s take a look at what you should have on your study abroad check list to be completed your first week abroad.

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5 Common French Language Mistakes to Avoid

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Language can be a funny thing especially when it isn’t your native tongue. When you study abroad in France, you’ll make mistakes in French. This is completely natural. The best advice I can give is to not be afraid to speak and correct the mistake when you can. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes Anglophones make when speaking French. Read More

Twenty in Paris: My First Day in Paris

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My first impression of Paris started about forty minutes after leaving the airport with my distant cousin who picked me up. Brownish buildings with blue roofs and window flower boxes started to appear in large numbers. The volume of cars increased ten-fold as did the number of people. Store signs with words like épicerie and boulangeriewere popping up everywhere. Many sharp turns later, a large statue with a gold warrior on top appeared in the middle of the square. Speeding past, I saw the words la Bastille engraved on the statue. Next thing I know, the car crossed a bridge over a murky brown river. As we crossed this bridge, I saw a looming church to my left pass by us quicker than we approached it- Notre Dame. Then on my right, I saw a building so immense and long that it appeared to go on forever. Before we turned away from this building, I noticed that at the top center was a gold statue of a man riding a horse. I learned the next day it was Napoleon Bonaparte. That building was the Louvre. Next thing I knew, we were going down a small, little street when my cousin suddenly pulled over to the right hand side of the road and parked the car. I was officially in the heart of Paris, France, the place that I would be calling home for the next ten months. Read More